Infringe Definition

infringed, infringes, infringing
infringed, infringes, infringing
To transgress or exceed the limits of; violate.
Infringe a contract; infringe a patent.
American Heritage
To break (a law or agreement); fail to observe the terms of; violate.
Webster's New World
To defeat; invalidate.
American Heritage
To encroach on someone or something; engage in trespassing.
An increased workload that infringed on his personal life.
American Heritage
infringe on
  • to break in on; encroach or trespass on

    to infringe on their right to privacy

Webster's New World

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Infringe

  • infringe on

Origin of Infringe

  • Latin īnfringere to destroy in- intensive pref. in–2 frangere to break bhreg- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin infringere (“to break off, break, bruise, weaken, destroy”), from in (“in”) + frangere (“to break”).

    From Wiktionary

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